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    Exclamation Spam PMs

    This is a quick note to remind companies that sending 'spam' private messages is strictly forbidden. Anybody found to be doing this will be banned immediately and EduGeek will contact your employer asking for you to explain your actions.

    Members are reminded that there is a 'report this message' button to the left of all PMs. If a PM is suspected to be spam, please click the warning triangle icon and report the message.

    Other measures are soon to be introduced to further catch people doing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
    EduGeek will contact your employer asking for you to explain your actions.
    A bit harsh there. watch out edugeek cops are going to phone you

    agree with ban but contacting someones employer is way over the top!!!

    just my opinion

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    You think?

    If said people are representing companies on EduGeek then why shouldn't those companies be contacted because of SPAM.

    Nobody likes SPAM... Besides any company SPAMming EduGeek members are probably putting themselves at a disadvantage for doing it in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markcuk View Post
    A bit harsh there. watch out edugeek cops are going to phone you

    agree with ban but contacting someones employer is way over the top!!!

    just my opinion
    If it's an individual making a nuisance then yes, but it sounds like these are coming from a company representative. In which case I think it's perfectly justified; companies are no more privileged than anyone else when it comes to PMs.

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    If any of our lot resorted to spammy techniques, I'd certainly want to know!

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    mabye a short brief on what is classed as spam would be good i.e if a poster asks for infomation regarding products or even prices then a supplier should be allowed to contact the poster in private to offer the infomation or quote as to stop bidding wars on the thread ,
    If its a case of just contacting anybody for the sake of self promotion I am in full support of the messures against this,

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    @CPLTD: Yes, if you are a sponsor and a member has specifically asked you to quote it is not spam. 'Randoms' sending PMs to all and sundry, as has been happening of late, is unacceptable and is becoming an increasing problem. This is why harsh measures have been decided upon.

    Likewise, our sponsors understand that they should not be sending unsolicited messages to members.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markcuk View Post
    A bit harsh there. watch out edugeek cops are going to phone you

    agree with ban but contacting someones employer is way over the top!!!

    just my opinion
    I think companies need to know. I'd look negatively at a company who marketed themselves that way. Think of all the people on here who refuse to have anything to do with NTS Optomen due to their marketing style.

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    Name and Shame I say

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    Quote Originally Posted by pooley View Post
    Name and Shame I say
    Hmm, I don't think it's good at this stage. It's only fair to get a chance to mend their ways - next time, though: la guillotine!

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    This should be a sticky on the announcements board, so there's no excuse.

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    so this is aimed at some of the sponsors of edugeek?

    If so I really think this should of been a private matter between the offending companies and yourselves

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    This should be a sticky on the announcements board, so there's no excuse.
    Happy?

    Quote Originally Posted by markcuk
    so this is aimed at some of the sponsors of edugeek?

    If so I really think this should of been a private matter between the offending companies and yourselves
    This message is aimed at nobody in particular. It is a message reminding everyone that PM spam is not acceptable and that there is a means of reporting it via the warning trianlge icon.

    The sponsors are generally well behaved and rarely need beating with a large stick nowadays

    We do not intend to 'name and shame' but will take appropriate action to discourage innappropriate usage of EduGeek.net. After all, as a member, nobody wants to receive spam.

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    I did mention this to ZH the othernight but i will share, when a member signs up i believe they get a welcome message?

    Maybe it would be an idea to point it out in that message that this is not allowed, i know it is in the terms and conditions but not everyone reads them.

    Again a sticky would also be a good idea to refer to but at least people cant say they were not told.

    Mentioning no names, but one if the culprits was doing this to members but said they were unaware it was not allowed, and that now they are aware they wont do it again. so i think it is just down to making sure new members/companys understand. Afterall it is generally new companys/members rather then the sponsors.

    James.



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